Meek's Cutoff
Filmfest 2011

The year is 1845, the earliest days of the Oregon Trail, and a wagon team of three families has hired the mountain man Stephen Meek to guide them over the Cascade Mountains. Claiming to know a short cut, Meek leads the group on an unmarked path across the high plain desert, only to become lost in the dry rock and sage. Over the coming days, the emigrants must face the scourges of hunger, thirst and their own lack of faith in each other’s instincts for survival. When a Native American wanderer crosses their path, the emigrants are torn between their trust in a guide who has proven himself unreliable and a man who has always been seen as the natural enemy. "When researching MEEK’S CUTOFF we were reading a lot of diaries from the period. Of course, the women were the diary keepers and the diaries offer such a specific take on the history. It’s a very different tone and point of view than what we see in the Hollywood Western." Kelly Reichardt

tags: Feature film

Cast: Paul Dano, Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood, Will Patton


Director: Kelly Reichardt